Howling Bells desend 'Into The Chaos' with their new single released 17th NOVEMBER 2008 on limited edition 7” vinyl through all good independent record stores. They have also announced a string of UK tour dates with Mercury Rev for November.
It’s been a long time between drinks for the Howling Bells. Ever since they released their eponymous debut album in 2006, critics have been left swooning in their wake. And it’s not hard to see why. From Joel Stein and Brendan Picchio’s two-pronged attack of razor sharp guitar and bass, to Glenn Moule’s vicious drum assault, to Juanita Stein’s barely contained hunger and hysteria, to the band’s darkly romantic sass and strut, they brought a certain danger, knife-edge thrill and a gorgeous, glittering gloom back to good old fashioned rock and roll, and for that we should be eternally grateful.
Now, in the next few months, their dancecard is beginning to fill up rapidly once again. They are presently in the studio, just wrapping up their second album, a twilit, cinematic opus in the making, with producer extraordinaire Dan Grech-Marguerat, who has engineered some of the most seminal albums of recent times, including Radiohead and Air.
To whet fans’ appetites, the band is releasing a scintillating taster, “Into the Chaos”, backed with “The Spirited Ones” through Independiente on November 17. “Into the Chaos” is the first release to be taken from their eagerly awaited second LP due in February, and although it is a limited edition 7” single (only 500 copies will be made available worldwide) it is anything but low-key in terms of scale and ambition; with a dramatic, filmic wall of dizzying strings and widescreen production that boosts the Bells’ sound to hitherto unexplored heights.
To coincide with the release of “Into the Chaos”, the band are taking their show onto the road through Europe and the UK in November. And who better to do it with than those maestros of beautiful but ever so slightly unhinged psych-rock Mercury Rev?
November UK Tour With Mercury Rev:
2nd – Vicar St, Dublin
4th – Mandela Hall, Belfast
5th – Academy, Manchester
6th – Academy, Leeds
7th – Academy, Birmingham
9th – Academy, Newcastle
11th – Brighton Corn Exchange, Brighton
12th – Bristol Academy, Bristol
13th – Shepherd’s Bush Empire, London
14th – Oxford Academy, Oxford